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4 Amazing Reasons to Visit Niagara Falls

When I stop and think about all my travels so far, I realise just how many places I haven’t seen yet! There is still so much I want to do, countries I want to visit and people I have to meet, and just one of those is Niagara Falls. I’m a sucker for scenery; I love taking pictures and creating memories that I can look back on, and this seems like a place that is just as spectacular as it is romantic. There are so many reasons I want to make this my next destination, but here are just a few… 1. Spectacular scenery with a spray I love going on tours around new cities, but the tours available at Niagara Falls take this to a whole new level! You get to take in the majestic sight of the falls, but from right beside it, your raincoat covered in the spray. I’m talking of course about the boats that take you right up to the base of the falls – this is a tour that’s crying out to me! But for those of you who don’t like getting wet, what about a helicopter tour instead? 2. Incredible hotel views guaranteed Most of the time when I travel, I stay in self-catering so that I really get to experience living there and blending in with local people. In this case though, I’d make an exception. The Marriott on the Falls Hotel is right on the edge of the falls, and you’d wake up every morning to breathtaking scenery. Imagine a sunset with the Falls in the foreground! If you don’t...

Ancient Cities Every Traveller Must See at Least Once

Ancient cities are truly remarkable and unlike any other cities on the planet. They can be found in various parts of the globe, and they attract travellers throughout every season of the year. But even though there are so many incredible and memorable ancient cities to choose from, there are certain ones that every traveller must see at least once in their lifetime. Continue reading for a short list of five ancient cities that you definitely do not want to miss seeing in person. Giza Giza is home to the Great Pyramids of Egypt, which symbolise the ancient Egyptians and their amazing achievements. While in Egypt, you can also check out other wonders, such as the Red Pyramid, the Bent Pyramid, the Step Pyramid, and the Outer Hypostyle Hall, so there is plenty to experience at this popular destination. Jerusalem Jerusalem was founded in 2000 BC, making it one of the oldest cities on the planet. There are many religious sites throughout the city, which is considered holy by Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Be sure to check out the Old City for incredible history, as well as the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, the Western Wall, the Israel Museum, the Western Wall Tunnels, and Hezekiah’s Tunnels, as these are all considered the top things to do in the city. Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey dates all the way back to 660 BC. The city used to be known as Constantinople, and it became the property of the Turks prior to the establishment of the Ottoman Empire after the Roman Empire fell. Therefore, you will find amazing artefacts from both the Ottoman and...

8 Reasons you Have to Visit Norway

From leading architecture and design, world-famous natural landscape, a love of the great outdoors and passion for Norwegian food and culture – Norway’s unique wild and majestic landscape continues to inspire all who visit. We guide you through eight of the top reasons you must visit Norway. 1. Top Place in the World see the Northern Lights Reach Northern Norway and feel as though you could “fall off the world’s very end”, as put by an Italian pilgrim in 1664. It is the high latitude that puts Northern Norway at the very centre of the ‘northern lights belt’, making it one of the top places in the world to view the unique natural phenomenon the Aurora Borealis, or ‘Northern Lights’. In fact, the first ever observatory dedicated to the phenomenon was built in Norway’s largest northern town Alta, which is perfectly placed to view the spectacle according to travel experts Wexas. ‘Hunting’ for the northern lights involves other exciting and unique experiences like snowmobile excursions, husky safaris, outdoor hot tub and ‘snow bath’, snow hotel, polar bear spotting and traditional Sami lunch. 2. The Best Walking in Europe Norway is the most mountainous region in Europe, with 90% of the country made of glacier carved mountains, valleys and rivers. Only a two hour flight from the UK, six hours from the USA, Norway sits in the Arctic circle, making it a snow-clad wonderland in winter, perfect for people looking for a holiday filled with outdoor activity and adventure, like skiing, snow-shoeing, dog sledding and snowmobile riding or take to the waters for an Arctic polar bear watching cruise. During...

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What Is the Difference Between ‘Full Board’ and ‘All Inclusive’ When You Are Booking a Family Holiday?

If you are currently in the process of deciding where to go and what to book for your summer 2016 family holiday, then you are probably swimming in a sea of possibilities! Choosing just one destination is hard enough, and then picking a style of holiday, a resort, and what you’ll want to do when you’re there can make it one of those fun but agonising planning jobs! Of course, to make the right choice, it pays to understand all the different jargon around what different holidays actually offer, and this means knowing what to expect from different levels of board at a hotel or resort. Most people can gather from the term that self catering means you don’t have any meals or drinks provided, and that bed and breakfast means you only get breakfast, but one distinction that is less obvious is that between full board and all inclusive. Here, we explain where they are different, and help you decide which is right for you. You can click here for a great resource for finding family friendly resorts that offer all different types of board. What You Get with Full Board Typically, and where a given hotel or resort offers more it usually states this, full board means all of your meals can be taken at the hotel restaurant, included in the price of your stay. There will be set meal times and menus, and as long as you turn up at the right time, you’ll be fed! Outside of meal times, snacks and drinks probably will not be available included in your room price. You may also...

Travelling Light for Girls: How It’s Done

If you’re a girl planning to travel this summer, deciding what to pack can take longer than your holiday itself. With baggage check-in fees costing more than the flight itself in some cases, more and more girls are choosing to travel light with just cabin baggage alone, saving themselves money which can then be spent on doing more once they reach their destination. If you’re thinking of ditching the checked bags and taking only your hand luggage away with you, here’s how to plan your packing list to make the most out of your restricted space. Clothes If you’re going on a beach holiday, the clothes part of your packing should be easy. All you’ll really need to take is shorts, vest tops, dresses (see Axparis.com for some amazing must-have dresses this Summer) and of course, swim wear. If you are travelling to a colder climate, it can be a bit trickier to pack your case without going over your weight limit. Layering is the best idea as you can take off or put on layers of clothing as needed depending on the temperature, so rather than taking woollen sweaters, take layers of thinner clothing instead which will weigh less and fold smaller, allowing you to take more in your bag. Shoes Shoes can be the biggest pain to pack when you’re travelling with just cabin luggage. Flip-flops and sandals can easily fit into the bottom of your case, but if you want to take some heavier shoes it can become a bit of a problem. Most cabin cases will have two sections, one for clothes and one for...

4 Decisions to Make When Choosing a Vacation Rental in Costa Rica

It’s no secret that Costa Rica is one of Central America’s most exotic and scenic countries, with an unforgettable combination of thriving tropical forests and white sand coastlines. It’s also no secret that there’s no shortage of vacation rentals in the region, many of which are considered among the best tropical getaway destinations in the world. However, that doesn’t mean that all vacation rentals in Costa Rica would be perfect for every visitor, as each tourist has their own personal preferences regarding location and activities. If you’ve been having trouble deciding on a Costa Rican rental for your upcoming vacation, try starting the brainstorming process with the following questions: 1. What Part of Costa Rica are you Looking to Visit? First, you’ll need to become familiar with the country’s many features and landscapes to decide on an area that would best suit your liking. The Pacific Coast contains many of the nation’s top tourist beaches, where mountains covered in tropical forests converge with the sea. The main regions to look into along the Pacific side include the Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, and the Central and Southern Coasts. The Caribbean coastline is a bit more secluded and on the north side is only accessible via boat or plane in most places. The southeast coast is home to the less crowded beaches and a number of coral reefs. 2. What Kind of Accommodations Do You Require? Vacations rentals in Costa Rica are known for including a wide range of amenities. If you demand the best of the best, here are some of the features you might look for when choosing a rental:...

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